Historical Documents

A couple of historical documents such as the Nolan City Plan of 1926 and the Street and Highway Plan for Columbus and Phenix City of 1947 have been found that show important transportation and urban planning data for the Columbus area.

The Nolan City Plan of 1926

The Columbus City Plan was writen by City Planner, John Nolen, in 1926 and presented by the Planning Board as the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Columbus, Georgia. This report is based upon an intensive study of the existing conditions and our future requirements so that the two might be correlated to secure the orderly development of our community. This study has covered a period of two years and has been made by every municipal agency under the guidance of John Nolen, one of the foremost experts in City Planning.
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The Street and Highway Plan of 1947

The Street and Highway Plan for Columbus, Ga and Phenix city, Al was prepared by the H.W. Lochner & Company and prepared for the State Highway Department of Georgia.

In the development of 'this plan the basic data utilized was obtained by the State Highway Department of Georgia and the State of Alabama Highway Department through'an Origin-Destination traffic survey. This information was utilized in connection with an analysis of the capacity and adequacy of existing streets and highways, resulting in the program of needed improvement projects. While the plan is primarily concerned with the State and Federal highways, it also includes numerous improvements needed on the City and County street and highway systems.

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Purchase of Columbus, Georgia 1827

"To lay out a Trading Town, and to dispose of all the Lands reserved for the use of the State near the Coweta Falls"
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Sanborn Map of Columbus, Georgia 1885

Wikipedia: Sanborn Maps is an American publisher of historical and current maps of US cities and towns. The maps were initially created to estimate Fire Insurance risks. The company's maps are frequently used for historical research and for preservation and restoration efforts.
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History of Muscogee County (from GeorgiaInfo)

On Feb. 12, 1825, a group of Creek Indians led by William McIntosh signed the Treaty of Indian Springs, in which they ceded all of their remaining lands in present-day Georgia. Subsequently, in an act of June 9, 1825, the General Assembly provided that the land ceded by the treaty be divided into five sections, surveyed into districts and land lots, and distributed by land lottery.
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